Betsy Sholl


Former poet laureate of Maine BETSY SHOLL is a Maine master of affecting, spiritually resonant verse. She reads from her new and ninth collection of poems, House of Sparrows, said to “mine the language of Appalachia, New England, and the works of Dante and St. Francis” and seeks “music and moral clarity in the breakages and noisy contradictions of life.” | Feb 28 | 7 pm | Longfellow Books, 5 Monument Way, Portland | FREE |


DJ Rum Pum Pum Pum of Moody Lords and two delegates known as the 45 Soul Boys give us a “SOUL DANCE OPTION” tonight in Bayside, spitting out well dug funk from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. | Feb 28 | 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland | by donation |


Film: Yours in Sisterhood (Dir: Irene Lusztig)


By filmmaker Irene Lusztig, the film YOURS IN SISTERHOOD documents hundreds of present-day Americans reading and responding to letters sent to the editor of Ms. Magazine, the second-wave feminist touchstone periodical, during the ‘70s, prompting numerous heartfelt and politically charged conversations about America’s longstanding problems with misogyny and gender inequity. Heartwarming and harrowing, Yours in Sisterhood is a profound meditation on the past, present, and future of American feminism. | March 1-6 | Fri 2 & 6 pm; Sun 2 pm; Wed 2 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland | $9 |


Ahh yes, CAT POWER. Chan Marshall’s decades-long career has been a twisty yet beautiful journey, where no matter the weather, she’s kept a knack for summoning distinct moods on each of her ten albums. Wanderer, her latest and first in six years, was released last fall. It’s of course more refined than her rawly emotional early work, but each subsequent entry seems to further add to the richness of that still-gnawing early material, and indeed her whole life’s arc. She returns to Portland for the first time since an appearance at the Skinny around the turn of the century. | March 1 | Fri 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St, Portland | $29.50 |


Cat Power [Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel)


Anyone who’s been to a Speak About It party can attest that they’re absolute bangers. Expect some intense dedication to otherworldly aesthetics, and a simultaneous commitment to boundary-stretching and consent-building (the organization specializes in consent-education and safer sex practices, after all). Donation-based, 2001: A (SAFER) SPACE ODYSSEY has DJ work by beloved duo DJ Double Dessert and Ms. Wrecks. | March 1 | Fri 9 pm | Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave, Portland | $10 |


Winter, of course, is the witching hour for heavy music. If you were planning to hang out tonight and listen to metal by yourself anyway, do us instead the pleasure of attending DUNGEON METAL, a bleak and triumphant public hang and listening party at Geno’s, where DJ Pubic Zirconia and DJ Septic Lizard await with rippers old and young. | March 1 | Fri 9 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St, Portland | $3


Coming out of hibernation is PortFringe, the local festival of avant and unclassifiable theater and art performances that takes place in the arts district each summer. The main drag is still a ways off (look for that in late June), but they ramp up their enthusiasm with a “POP-UP ODYSSEY,” featuring 15 different theater organizations and collaborations telling Homer’s Odyssey in an exquisite-corpse performance platter. | March 2 | Sat 1 & 8:30 pm (two shows) | Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave, Portland | $10 |


Maine Wabanaki-REACH hosts an interactive story-telling experience, teaching about the colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. “EXPLORING WABANAKI MAINE HISTORY” is a participatory program is intended to increase broader understandings of colonization and is appropriate for both kids and adults.  | March 2 | Sat 3:30-5:30 pm | St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Rd, Yarmouth | FREE |


The songwriter DOMINIC LAVOIE is one of Portland’s most enduring artists, having formed the psych-rock band Dominic and the Lucid more than 15 years ago and operating the music production studio Shabby Load. With the help of some tried and true collaborators, Lavoie celebrates Mariposa, a new EP (and corresponding “music-movie”) with a release show at One Longfellow Square Boston’s AUBREY HADDARD, a songwriter who takes cues from Jeff Buckley, Amy Winehouse, and Margaret Glaspy, opens. | March 2 | Sat 7 pm | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland | $12 |


Janoah "Anygoodjokes?" Bailin


In his kinda-sorta interactive new show MeSSeS, the juggler, educator, unicyclist, puppeteer, and all-around entertainer JANOAH “ANYGOODJOKES?” attempts to engage all of these faculties at once. A Portland-based entertainer that’s quickly becoming one-of-a-kind around these parts, Janoah’s show comes with strong recommendation for audiences of all ages | March 2 | Sat 7:30 pm | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland | $12-18 ($8 youth 12 & under) |


In Bobby Jo Hart’s documentary REBELS ON POINTE, follow the drag-leaning dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (aka the Trocks), who have turned the dance world on its head with their (mostly) faithful renditions of classical ballet, exploring (they say) “universal themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love.” | March 3 | Sun 7 pm | SPACE, 538 Congress St, Portland | $8 |


Mike Doughty [Photo by Ben Staley]


A lot of folks think the debut album by New York band Soul Coughing, titled Ruby Vroom and released in 1994, is an underrated masterpiece, a mix of blues, electronica, jazz, hip hop, alt-rock, spoken word poetry, and whatever else was swirling around in that fertile, freewheeling, and commerciable moment in music history. (No shame intended there, but scads of money was invested in small bands after bands like Nirvana, Sublime, and Green Day made it, making for some oddly well produced music.) 25 years later, bandleader MIKE DOUGHTY is still at it, having released umpteen records under his own name since breaking Soul Coughing up in 2000 after issues with substance use. The prolific songwriter, collaborator, and author (he wrote a memoir, The Book of Drugs, a few years back) performs Ruby Vroom in full, leaving plenty of room for improvisation. | March 3 | Sun 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St, Portland | $22-26 |


One of the better evenings of entertainment available these brisk Monday nights, Empire's longstanding GREAT OPEN MIC with Kari and Luna is followed by a comedy open mic at 9:30 hosted by Ian Stuart, who's heavy on the weed jokes. | March 4 | Mon 7 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St, Portland | FREE |


The lovely Oakland-based squad BELLS ATLAS deals in R&B, psychedelia, jazz and funk, and the bubbly, kaleidoscopic style they play it in is a delight. They swoop in tonight for a set with Portland piano wunderkind KAFARI, formerly of Jaw Gems.  | March 6 | Wed 8 pm | SPACE, 538 Congress St, Portland | $8 |


Imani Perry (Photo by Sameer Khan)


The writer IMANI PERRY, a scholar of race, law, literature, and African American culture and an interdisciplinary professor at Princeton University, has written books on hip hop and poetics (Prophets of the Hood), gender and liberation (Vexy Thing), and a biography on prominent Black intellectual Lorraine Hansberry (Looking For Lorraine). That last one was awarded the Pen/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography hours before this issue of the Phoenix was published. Perry comes to Maine for a speaking engagement titled “Nice For What?: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Digital Activism,” where she discusses the bind that hashtag politics brings in a neoliberal, digitally surveilled society.  | March 7 | Thu 7:30 pm | Bates College, Olin Arts Center 210, 75 Russell St, Lewiston | FREE |


The Perceptionists (Akrobatik and Mr. Lif)


THE PERCEPTIONISTS, the prolific duo of Boston rappers Mr. Lif and Akrobatik who’ve been performing together since 2004, are the latest set of hip hop legends to ascend to Maine stages (following last week’s Blackalicious appearance). Trading bars to the DJ work of Papa D, the duo should bring a surreally exciting performance at Bayside Bowl, with DUB APOCALYPSE and New Hampshire emcee EYENINE. | March 8 | Fri 8 pm | Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St, Portland | $15 |


The film GENESIS 2.0 explores the particularly harsh life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. By "hunting," of course, we mean these archaeologists dig for extinct husks of mammoths several centuries buried beneath the ground.) In Christian Frei's documentary, the hunters find one shockingly well preserved, which leads them to explore a throughline of discoveries they previously hadn't imagined. | March 8-9 | Fri 2 & 6 pm; Sat 2 pm | Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland | $9 |


In John Kolvenbach's FABULOSO, Teddy and Kate are in a bit of a rut, stuck in an unexciting apartment and a 20-year marriage. She works in a bank, he's a kids' soccer coach. Then Teddy's long-lost friend Arthur bursts onto the scene, offering nonstop games, ruses, money-making schemes, and of course, drinks, and where he runs out of steam, his over-the-top fiancée, Samantha picks right up. In a story that appears both zany and tender, Dramatic Repertory Company production of Fabuloso is perfect for these rut months. As a bonus, these four actors (Peter Brown, Christopher Holt, Janice O'Rourke, and Bess Welden) play alternate roles each night of the run. | March 8-17 | Fri-Sun 7:30 pm; Wed-Sun 7:30 | Studio Theater at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave, Portland | $25-40 |


Be honest, there’s a ton of so-so movies you’ve got to catch up on, right? Empire’s new resident movie night series, titled “EMPIRE AND CHILL” and hosted by funnyman and area darling Travis Curran, offers a warm and cozy enclave for you to watch some decentish flicks with your peers, exes, and friends every second and fourth Tuesday. They screen the Kevin Costner disasterpiece Waterworld tonight, with closed captions and open discussions — comment away.  | March 12 | Tue 8 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St, Portland | FREE |


Those hoping to participate in the rowdy boy blitz of a DROPKICK MURPHYS show will have had to have made plans already. The Celtic-style Boston streetpunk band plays with BOOZE & GLORY, LENNY LASHLEY'S GANG OF ONE, and AMIGO THE DEVIL in a sold out show at the State. | March 12 | Tue 6:45 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St, Portland | SOLD OUT |

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